The Minnesota Lynx have started off the 2014 season 7-0 (as of 6/2) after finishing out the 2013 season winning eight in a row on their way to a second title in three years. What's their secret? We asked Lynx players Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Janel McCarville and Lindsey Moore as well as Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve: What makes the Lynx so good?
The way we respond when it gets hard. It’s not a statistic, it’s not talent – everybody’s got talent – but I think we have a selfless trust in each other and what we want to do. So when things are tough we turn on and we come together, which is not something that’s easily done in this league just because it’s so tough night in and night out. We just enjoy the battle.
Probably our unselfishness. I mean we have so many talented players that can score the ball. You know, great players who have done great things in their careers and yet still you see the balance that we have on our team. No one player outshines the other. We just kinda stick together in that aspect. We’re a team that has great togetherness.
We understand each other as a group. Collectively the team has been together for a while. This year we kinda have some pieces missing, but I think with Whalen, Seimone and Maya it’s a strong core. We work hard in practice everyday, we try to work harder than the day before, and I think we believe in each other. Cheryl [Reeve] has the utmost belief in us and trust in us. She gives us systems and basically puts us on the court and lets us go.
I think the fact that we have so many weapons and so many scorers on the court at all times and how unselfish we are. So I don’t necessarily think that if you take away Maya, for instance, that we’re gonna struggle because we have JMac (McCarvile), we have Whalen… all these different options. You can’t just single out one person because that just means someone else is gonna start going off. So we’re just really unselfish and I think it’s hard to play against us because we’re always making the extra pass.
COACH CHERYL REEVE
Well I think first and foremost we have three Olympians -- we’ve just got really good players. But you’ve seen in the history of pro sports, you can have a collection of really good players that don’t turn out to be a good team, and so the second part of it for us is we have really great leaders that are dependable, competitive and they’re the heart and soul of our team and that mentality is contagious.
And with an outsider's perspective, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky said this, in reference to the team's many threats, after Chicago suffered its first loss of the season to the Lynx on May 26:
ELENA DELLE DONNE(CHICAGO SKY)
They do have a lot of heads to the snake.